Aug. 25, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The No. 5 ranked Florida State football team put the finishing touches on pre-season camp Saturday and began looking ahead toward its’ Sept. 1 season opener against Duke. The Seminoles worked through a nine-period practice session in shorts on the heels of last night’s full contact scrimmage. The players were given the remainder of today and most of Sunday off before returning and beginning work in earnest for the season opener against the Blue Devils in Durham, N.C.
Saturday’s practice session focused on kickoff and punt return coverage for the first five periods. Chance Gwaltney worked as the primary punter with Nick Maddox and Dominic Robinson working as the deep-return men. The kickoff duties were split between Xavier Beitia, Jesse Stein and Brett Cimorelli with Maddox and Craphonso Thorpe working as the return men.
The remainder of the practice session was the Seminoles’ offense working against the scout team emulating Duke’s defense and Florida State’s defense working against the scout team emulating Duke’s offense.
“We worked nine segments and tried to correct the mistakes we made last night,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “Everything is on Duke, but we also did a lot on Duke last week. We are now focused on Duke. We will practice on Monday and be ahead a day because we did not play this week.”
Bowden was pleased to see the end of two-a-day practices himself.
“The big thing is they got through it,” he said. “It is very grueling and absorbs all of your time. It is a really grueling time. You have to use this as a conditioning time. I thought their conditioning was right on schedule. We now just have to get into a team mode.”